Around 1,200 travel industry delegates from around the world are expected to attend the annual Skål International congress in New York.

The event starts on September 27 before delegates board Carnival Cruise Lines’ ship Carnival Glory, returning on October 5.

Skål International New York was the first chapter established in North America and will be celebrating its 75th anniversary during the congress.

NYC & Company chief executive George Fertitta said: “Tourism is a cornerstone of New York City’s economy – last year, the city welcomed a record 52 million visitors who spent nearly $37 billion.

“It is only fitting that New York City would serve as a backdrop for this year’s 74th annual Skål International World Congress -this prestigious travel association last convened in New York City in 1955 so it’s an honour to have them return to experience the nation’s number one big city tourism destination.

“To date, we’re pleased to announce that nearly 900 people have registered for the upcoming Skål International World Congress.”

Skål New York host committee chairman John Ruzich said: “The response from our global membership for the 2013 Skål International World Congress has been overwhelming – New York City, our 75th anniversary and the sailing have created a perfect formula for success.”

Skål International last convened in the US in 1994, when the group met in Los Angeles.